The Escape Story

our corporate values

Education We encourage the imagination, enthusiasm and collaboration of employees as it creates unlimited potential resulting in sustainable financial performance and profitability.
Solutions We take pride in achieving outstanding results in all that we do.
Caring We build enduring relationships with our users, business partners, and communities by providing creative solutions and delivering exceptional service.
Adaptable We embrace change by being flexible, proactive and decisive in a constantly changing environment.
Passionate We behave ethically and respectfully, while holding ourselves accountable for our actions and performance.
Expertise We assist, support and reward personal and professional growth. We value our industry experience and the knowledge of our customers' business operations.

It all started in 1985

Our company began in 1985 as a custom application software developer. In 1988, we selected education as the market around which we would build the company. Our mission was to develop state-of-the-art software applications for the business departments of educational organizations.

This is the actual computer that launched Escape Technology! A real IBM PC-1, the very first PC. Look at that beautiful monochrome 24x80 monitor! Twin floppy drives. Back then we couldn't imagine how powerful portable computing devices would become. Escape CEO Bob Towery purchased this setup for over $6,000 in 1984.

This is the actual computer that launched Escape Technology! A real IBM PC-1, the very first PC. Look at that beautiful monochrome 24x80 monitor! Twin floppy drives. Back then we couldn't imagine how powerful portable computing devices would become. Escape CEO Bob Towery purchased this setup for over $6,000 in 1984.

By 1991, we had 200 implementations

During the period of 1988 through 1991, we implemented nearly 200 Escape modules in districts throughout California. Districts of all sizes–from the large San Francisco U.S.D. to some very small districts–became more productive and efficient with Escape systems.

We succeeded because Escape applications really understood what users did on a day-to-day basis, and were responsive and easy-to-use. We were the first vendor to implement client/server type applications, utilizing PCs as intelligent desktop clients.

During this same period, we entered the planning phase for our next step – the development of integrated financial, personnel and payroll systems.

In 1994, several districts began using Escape-Personnel/Position Control. In July of 1995, the first live payroll check generated using Escape-Payroll was printed. This completed another important chapter in our plan. We now had a completely integrated suite of business applications for education.

Then, in 1998, Escape took only a record-breaking two months to put Sacramento City U.S.D.—the state’s sixth largest school district—live on the Payroll system!

The new Century Begins: Escape Online

In 2001 we set a bold new course, a “fresh start” project, developed from the ground up as a County Office of Education system. We utilized Microsoft’s .Net development platform and SQL Server as the database. We partnered with our two COE customers, who had implemented our DOS system for their districts. No shortage of feedback there! We also had a number of other COEs advising us to create the “ultimate COE school business system.” 

We named this system Escape Online 5.

Here is a blast from the past, 2002 actually. Escape co-founder Barry Collins (now retired) and some customers at CASBO. The "Escape Online" being referenced in the banner was a browser interface to our Escape Classic system for casual users.

Here is a blast from the past, 2002 actually. Escape co-founder Barry Collins (now retired) and some customers at CASBO. The "Escape Online" being referenced in the banner was a browser interface to our Escape Classic system for casual users.


In 2007, we went live at Placer COE and their 25+ districts – the first new county-wide implementation for Escape Online. 

With a single database, scheduling and distribution features, Escape Online 5 brings power and flexibility to COE processes, oversight and reporting. Multi-district operations, setup and support has never been easier.

Small and Large Organizations

We are proud to have our integrated systems operational in school districts, county offices of education and community colleges.

But, just as important as having very large customers, we have many notable successes with smaller organizations as well. Our XCOE offering provides the hardware, software and IT staff to run Escape Online 5 for counties with less than 15,000 ADA.

leading the pack - 2008 until today: live Operations in california

Seeing our growth skyrocket, in 2008 we incorporated Project Office into our operations and implementation strategies. With a single connecting point for project resources, coordinating project activity across the enterprise enabled project teams to function more effectively.

With Project Office leading the way, we have more than a dozen counties and hundreds of districts live on Escape Online 5.

Escape Online 5 is a proven winner in a production environment, used on a daily basis.

But we aren’t done yet! We are continually accepting suggestions from customers, prospects and our very own Customer Care staff.

See the difference for yourself!